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Episode #70: Fleetwood Lost on Cuban Reef (Latitude 38 Verbatim)

This week’s host, Monica Grant, reads an article from the March 2022 issue of Latitude 38 Sailing Magazine. Hear 85-year-old Jack van Ommen’s story of his third shipwreck.


This episode covers everything from sailing the world to surviving shipwrecks. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What was the worst shipwreck Jack’s experienced?
  • How do you sail around the world at 80 years old?
  • What does Richard Spindler have to do with this story?
  • How did Jack enjoy Cuba?
  • Did the Coast Guard help him?
  • Where is Fleetwood now?
  • How could this shipwreck have been prevented?
  • What is the exchange rate in Cuba?

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail. 

Show Notes

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